Drug Trafficking in South Florida
Florida mandatory minimum drug laws are severe. Possessing more than four grams of oxycodone may result in a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years whether you intended to sell the drugs or not. Florida law states: 28 grams or more, but less than 200 grams, that person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 3 years, and ordered to pay a fine of $50,000. 200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams, that person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 7 years, and ordered to pay a fine of $100,000. 400 grams or more, that person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 calendar years and pay a fine of $250,000.
Florida law also has a mandatory two-year driver’s license revocation period for any drug trafficking charge, including trafficking of Roxicodone (Roxies), Xanax, cocaine, marijuana, Oxycontin and Oxycodone.
Wellington Doctor Charged with Trafficking Painkillers
A doctor based in South Bay and Wellington acknowledged there was nothing wrong with a drug-seeking patient but repeatedly prescribed him powerful painkillers anyway, as reported by Michael LaForgia from Palm Beach Post.
The patient was revealed to be an undercover agent with Palm Beach County’s prescription drug task force, and Dr. Lucy Valencia was arrested on charges of trafficking in oxycodone and writing unlawful prescriptions for a controlled substance.
The arrest – the second by the special task force set up last month to tackle prescription drug cases – came on the same day the Florida Senate passed landmark legislation aimed at curbing unscrupulous pain clinics and troubled doctors.
Senate Signs Off on Pill Mill Crackdown
The Florida Senate unanimously approved a measure aimed at getting rid of the pill mill plague spreading from South Florida to the West Coast.
Under the bill (SB 2272), doctors in good standing and others except felons could own the pain clinics, they would not be allowed to advertise and would have to register with the Department of Health and submit to inspections.
The proposal is one of Palm Beach County’s priorities. The House has yet to vote on its version.